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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Applied Science

This course is available


Level of Study



16 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Unitec Institute of Technology


The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation is your start to an exciting future in biodiversity management.

As our human footprint increasingly makes its mark on the planet, conservation experts are in demand. This programme is ideal if you want to go on to higher-level study in conservation and biodiversity management. In it, you’ll explore how ecosystems function and learn the relevant literacy, numeracy and scientific skills you will need to become a leader in the biosecurity of Aotearoa New Zealand.


  • Tailored content for the Bachelor of Applied Science, meaning it'll prepare you for the Unitec programme in which you want to enter;
  • As a student in this programme, you’ll be part of an applied science student body – learning alongside other aspiring environmental scientists;
  • Learn from lecturers who are eager to share their industry experience with you;
  • A chance to complete a collaborative project in order to develop the skills you'll need for a career in biodiversity management;
  • A mix of classroom sessions, practical workshops, critique sessions, guest speakers, discussions, presentations and online learning;
  • A chance to take engage with Unitec's marae, a great setting to explore matauranga Maori and the role of culture in communication.

Where to from here?

Upon successful completion of this programme, you can go apply for study in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management).

Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post-study work visa upon completion of this programme.


This programme prepares you for study toward a career in ecology, conservation, and biodiversity management.

Entry criteria

For this programme, you will need the following:

A minimum of 4 years’ secondary education;
Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts;
A minimum total of 40 NCEA credits at level 2 in four subjects, including:

  • A minimum of 12 English credits at level 1 or higher;
  • A minimum of 12 Science credits at Level 1 or higher;
  • University Entrance numeracy (or equivalent);

If you haven't met the above NCEA requirements, you'll need one of the following:

A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework or equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge), or;
The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) including FSTU 3921 Bioscience, or;
After you have submitted your application to study at Unitec, you may be asked to attend a skills review session to assess your literacy and numeracy levels. This helps us to enrol you in the best programme and courses for your career pathway.

English Language Requirements: IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42; Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests. NZCEL - Level 4 (Academic). Language Cert - C1 Expert International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

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